Opinions & Analysis
5 Ways ‘VGHS’ Crushed It on YouTube
“Video Game High School,” the three-season show from Freddie Wong and his production company Rocket Jump, marks one of the most successful series to grace Google’s video platform. The show generated more than 110 million views during its three-season run on YouTube, and measured a 400% week-over-week increase in viewership from one season to the next.
Why Hollywood Needs To Make Technology A Priority
Every day, it seems there are new headlines on the strained relationship between technology and entertainment. Variety’s recent “Broken Hollywood” story was essentially a battle cry from entertainment heavyweights sounding off on the biggest challenges they’re facing in an industry undergoing a great deal of turmoil. In 2015, when we’ll see an estimated 1 billion smartphones sold — double the amount of personal computers — it’s no wonder traditional companies entrenched in a system dating back to newspaper and television are having a hard time adjusting.
HBO Now Spells Trouble for Pay-TV’s Tomorrow
Sunday will be a big night for HBO. It could also be a big night for the future of TV. The fifth season of the premium network’s hit show “Game of Thrones” starts that night. And for the first time, many people who aren’t even cable subscribers will be able to watch it at home — without having to borrow a cable subscriber’s password.
YouTube Feels the Pressure From Netflix, HBO
Pivotal Research Group Senior Analyst Brian Wieser discusses YouTube’s plans for a subscription service. He speaks on “Market Makers.”
Why Virtual Reality Could Generate $150 Billion for Hollywood By 2020
At Facebook’s recent developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke enthusiastically about a virtual reality-filled future. Last year, the company paid $2 billion for VR pioneer Oculus. While photos are the most frequently shared content on Facebook, Zuckerberg sees Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality content taking the lead down the road.
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‘Daredevil’: 5 Things to Expect From Netflix’s New Marvel Series
“Daredevil“ is back, and with Ben Affleck off playing Batman for DC, Marvel Comics fans are cautiously optimistic about how this new incarnation will turn out. There are other reasons for fans to hope, of course. The new series was conceived and developed in part by Drew Goddard, a former collaborator with “Avengers” director Joss Whedon who is slated to direct the next “Spider-man” reboot.
The reasoning behind a YouTube subscription service
What purpose and whose needs would a monthly subscription-based YouTube service fill? Video provided
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Streaming Video News
Netflix Finds Its Leads for Baz Luhrmann Musical Series
Following a rag-tag group of teenagers who are living in the Bronx in the late 1970s, “The Get Down” will focus on the music of that time — one that exploded as New York City faced a particularly tough economic period. The series is described as a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk, and disco — as told through the lives and music of four South Bronx kids.
WATCH THIS: Netflix Releases ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘OITNB’ Trailers
Netflix original series “Grace and Frankie,” starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, is set to premiere on Friday, May 8. In the meantime, Netflix has released a trailer for the series about two women who find out that their husbands, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, are gay and have fallen in love with each other.
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Netflix Nabs Documentary About Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” a new documentary film about the influential Grateful Dead singer and guitarist, and will release it on May 22.
Netflix Acquires Documentary About Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir
Netflix, bulking up its documentary portfolio, has acquired worldwide rights to Mike Fleiss’ “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” about the legendary Grateful Dead co-founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.
‘French Kiss’ Short Film Helps Marriott Check in to Global Audience
Marriott Hotels is going international with its short film production arm, debuting “French Kiss,” which will bow on YouTube and in Marriott hotels worldwide May 19.
Once a newspaper, The Onion is growing its video ambitions
Within the next six weeks, the satirical publisher plans to launch a studio arm, according to Mike McAvoy, president and chief operation officer at the Onion. The launch of Onion Studios will include a new slate of video programming, a site dedicated to video across the Onion’s properties (including the A.V. Club and Clickhole), new video hires and opportunities for outside talent to collaborate on video projects with the media company.
CBS All Access To Expand Live Streaming Markets Following Deal With Affiliates
Here’s the agreement that CBS chief Les Moonves said last month was close at hand: The broadcaster and CBS Affiliate Board say today that they’ve reached terms that will enable CBS All Access — CBS’ $5.99 a month streaming service — to offer local stations’ live broadcasts in their markets.
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Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Series ‘The Get Down’ Casts 4 Male Leads
Baz Luhrmann‘s Netflix series “The Get Down” has cast its first four male leads: Tremaine Brown Jr., Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks will make up the rag-tag group of teenagers who run wild in the streets of the late-1970’s Bronx.
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New Zealand internet providers threatened with legal action for providing access to US Netflix
New Zealand internet providers have offered a service since 2014 that allows their subscribers to access the US-based version of Netflix without any tricky configuration, but now, TV broadcasters are working to outlaw such services.
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PBS, Nova Launch New YouTube Channel “Gross Science”
Two of the smartest channels on TV, PBS and Nova, have decided to get gross on YouTube … in a scientific way. Gross Science details things like boogers, poop, dead matter and anything scaly, slimy or just plain yuck! But it isn’t just about freaking you out, it’s about learning how these things interact with the working world.
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Danny’s Choice YouTube Series’ Creators Talk Comedy On A Budget
Doug & Alyssa Keeling are on a spirited and bold YouTube adventure right now. They’ve got the motivation and idea down, but that third piece is tricky: can they make people pay attention? As it turns out, the third part is typically the hardest.
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Chad Gutstein on Machinima’s ‘Borderless’ World
A year into his tenure as CEO of Machinima, Chad Gutstein is very optimistic about his gaming- and fanboy-focused company. “We are focused on creating the most engaging fandom and gamer content that is viewed by global millennial audiences in a borderless world,” he says.
Quick Breaks: Epoxy Launches Sharing Studio for Creators; RTL Group Makes Another Investment
Q&A: Meet Charlie Cox, Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’
“Marvel’s Daredevil” premieres on Netflix with all 13 episodes of its freshman season on April 10, starring British actor Charlie Cox as the titular vigilante, known in the comics as “The Man Without Fear.”
FanBread Says It Can Help Online Celebs Make Money By Creating Their Own Websites
If you’re big on YouTube or Vine or whatever, a startup called FanBread aims to help you make money — specifically by building and monetizing a website of your very own.
An Oral History Of How “Game Of Thrones” Went From Crazy Idea To HBO’S Biggest Hit
Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.W. Weiss, and HBO Brass recall how the show (barely) got off the ground
Inside HBO’s Grand Storytelling Experiment
CEO Richard Plepler, Programming Head Michael Lombardo, and Sunday-night star John Oliver share insights on the network’s digital revolution
Twitter now lets you upload slow-mo videos from your iPhone
Twitter has just made sharing slow-mo videos from your iPhone a lot easier. Announced in a tweet, Twitter confirmed that you can now upload your 60fps and 120fps videos as normal with your posts, and they will play back at the right speed.
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